Suspect In Broken Arrow Child Pornography Case Fails To Appear In Court

Wednesday, November 15th 2006, 10:39 am
By: News On 6

The owner of a Broken Arrow skating rink facing child porn charges doesn't show up for a hearing Wednesday afternoon in federal court.

A federal warrant has now been issued for his arrest. David Abston, the owner of the Roller City Skating Rink in Broken Arrow, faces federal child pornography charges. He's accused of knowingly distributing three pictures of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

He had a court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Tulsa, but didn't show up. A federal magistrate immediately issued a bench warrant for Abston's arrest.

Federal prosecutors had filed a motion for detention for Abston. They now believe he has fled and officers are searching for him.

Broken Arrow Police say their case against David Abston is growing, from allegations of child pornography, which would be handled by the FBI, to new accusations of sexual abuse.

Broken Arrow Police are looking into allegations made by four boys, who range in age from 8 to 12.

Investigators say since the story broke Tuesday on the News on 6, they've received more than 30 calls from concerned parents and potential victims.

Broken Arrow Police Major Mark Irwin says detectives are in the process of sorting out information and determining exactly how many victims there are and where the alleged crimes might have occurred. "We're trying to sort out where this all occurred. Some may have occurred here in town at the business, some at the subject's residence. But certainly we just want them to get on the phone and call us if they do have any other info and it doesn't matter, so are we."

Tulsa Police and Broken Arrow Police want anyone who sees David Abston to immediately call 911.